The goal of the Arkadelphia Promise Scholarship is to increase the college-going rate for local students, reduce the number of students dropping out of college for financial reasons and provide for a more educated workforce. The Arkadelphia Promise is a game-changing effort — helping to make a college education not just a dream, but a reality for every child in Arkadelphia. A college degree is a passport to future prosperity for individuals and an educated workforce makes Arkadelphia a more attractive community in which to locate a business.
Early results of the Promise indicate successful implementation as more Arkadelphians are going to college and an increased percentage are staying there. “The bottom line is that we are seeing our AHS graduates, and Arkadelphia Promise recipients, go to college and stay in college at a very high rate,” said Executive Director Jason Jones.